Empty Bowls charity event for Foodbank WA

Janet Pyke hopes to dish out much help from her Empty Bowls charity event.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d439074
Janet Pyke hopes to dish out much help from her Empty Bowls charity event. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d439074

JANET Pyke is up to her eyeballs with bowls for a Perth charity event which will raise money for Foodbank WA.

The Dalkeith resident has more than 500 bowls in her garage and stacked on the dining room table ahead of her inaugural Empty Bowls Perth charity event this Sunday.

Ms Pyke said everyone was invited to Christ Church Grammar School refectory to enjoy a delicious soup and bread lunch and take home their specially chosen bowl for $20.

All money raised will go to Foodbank WA. “One day I found $5 on the ground so I offered to buy my friend a cake,” Ms Pyke said.

“She told me: ‘When I find money I give it to a homeless person’, and I thought, ‘Oh, I think I could do a lot better than just $5.’

“Unfortunately, there are children arriving at schools without breakfast and this affects their ability to learn.

“Foodbank has an excellent breakfast in schools program which goes a long way to fixing this problem, but they need all the help they can get.”

Ms Pyke said she had been overwhelmed with support for the project, with everyone from Moerlina School students to local AFL stars volunteering to make and hand-decorate bowls.

Twenty bowls signed by West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers coaches and players are being auctioned online, including 2014 Brownlow medallist Matt Priddis and Matthew Pavlich.

The lunch is donated by local eateries including Steves in Nedlands, Cottesloe Beach Hotel, Vans Cottesloe, Jeremy’s Exclusive Butchers, Barrett’s Bread and New Norcia Bakery. Visit emptybowlsperth.com